About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor and basketball coach and has authored six books for adults and three for children, including What Color Is My World?, which won the NAACP award for Best Children’s Book. In 2012, he was selected as a US cultural ambassador, and in 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award which recognizes exceptional meritorious service.
About Stanley Crouch
has been writing about jazz music and the American experience for more than
forty years. He has twice been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle
Award, for his essay collections Notes of
a Hanging Judge and The All-American
Skin Game. His other books include Always in Pursuit, The Artificial White Man, and
the acclaimed novel Don’t the Moon Look Lonesome. Since 1987 he has served on and off as the artistic consultant
for jazz programming at Lincoln Center and is a founder of the jazz department
known as Jazz at Lincoln Center. The president of the Louis Armstrong
Educational Foundation, he is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a member
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a regular columnist for the New
York Daily News.